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Gaming company Valve dropped the news last week that it’s working on a virtual reality platform akin to the Oculus Rift, but it wasn’t clear who was making the system’s hardware. Now we know: HTC on Sunday announced the HTC Vive, a joint HTC-Valve virtual reality headset that’s due out by the end of the year.
HTC says the Vive has the “most immersive experience of any VR package,” thanks to a full 360-degree field of vision and 90 frames-per-second video capabilities. The company is also working on wireless controllers for the headset, which, given the Valve partnership, will probably be marketed primarily as a gaming device—games like shooters are a natural fit for the VR experience, and the Vive will be compatible with Valve’s SteamVR virtual reality platform.
Still, games won’t be the only offering on HTC and Valve’s Vive headset. HTC is partnering with several different content providers, including HBO, Lionsgate and Google, for other virtual reality content like movies.
It still isn’t clear how much the HTC Vive will cost or what content will be available on the platform upon launch. A developer’s edition is due out this spring.